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The Living Drylands
Oldfield, Sara (Book - 2004)
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Deserts: The living drylands' remarkable and evocative text is expertly edited by a leading authority on deserts. Illustrated throughout with spectacular photographs, this book celebrates the diversity and beauty of the landscapes and the wealth of wildlife thriving in these extraordinary and complex habitats. Vast dry expanses, home to nomadic herders and isolated oases, are among our planet's last great wilderness regions. From the rolling sand dunes of Arabia's Empty Quarter to the ancient volcanic peaks of the central Sahara, Nature's forces have worked for millennia to produce landscapes of serene beauty and amazing ecology. This visual feast is an authoritative journey through some of the world's least understood ecosystems. Written by an expert in an accessible style, it is both a vivid inventory of amazing images, facts and stories and an invaluable source of reference. This sumptuous book brings to life this unique habitat for wildlife enthusiasts and eco-travellers alike.
Authors: Oldfield, Sara
Title: Deserts
the living drylands
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c2004
Characteristics: 160 p. :,col. ill., col. maps ;,33 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Sara Oldfield ; photography by Bruce Coleman Collection ; foreword by Mark Rose
Contents: Deserts around the world: Centuries of exploration
Desert distribution and diversity
Ancient and evolving landscapes
Water in the desert
Desert ecology and adaptations
Desert people
Desert resources
Africa: The Sahara
Desert margins
East Africa and the Horn of Africa
Plants and animals of African deserts
The spiny forest of Madagascar
The drylands of southern Africa
The Okavango Delta - a precious wetland resource
The Namib Desert and its unique plants
The Middle East: The Arabian Desert, Empty Quarter and Yemen Highlands
Islam - religion and way of life
The Bedouin
Marsh Arabs
A network of trade routes
Dryland plants and animals
Nature conservation in Jordan
Socotra - Yemen's biodiversity jewel
Asia: The deserts of Central Asia
Extraordinary animals of Asian deserts
Management of the desert ecosystem
Conservation in the post-Soviet era
The Thar Desert
The Gobi Desert
Australia: Sand deserts and ancient landforms
Desert plants and animals
Traditional desert livelihoods
The Americas: Arizona and California
The deserts of Mexico
The coastal deserts of South America
The arid lands of Brazil
The dryland future: Conservation
Protecting desert ecosystems and landscapes
World Heritage sites
Ramsar sites
Tourism - the Grand Canyon and desert adventures
Species conservation
Sketch map of arid regions of the world
Desert species of concern
World Heritage sites located in arid environments
ISBN: 1843307286
Branch Call Number: j 577.54 O44d 2004
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 156) and index
Subject Headings: Desert ecology Juvenile literature Deserts Juvenile literature
Topical Term: Desert ecology
LCCN: 2004044860
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Deserts represent the ultimate challenge to life on Earth. Their lack of water and extreme temperatures make survival difficult for both wildlife and people, yet deserts are rich in animal and plant life and culture.

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